Devotion - August 27, 2019

Jeremiah 2:9-13

Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.

Devotion by Julia Shiver

I don't remember being aware of God referring to God's self as a "fountain of living water." The New Testament refers to Jesus, and he refers to himself, as "the living water. "Water holds a special place in my heart and in my life. I was born in Florida, specifically on the Gulf of Mexico, and water is central to all my earliest special memories. The water was gentle, shallow, warm, and full of all kinds of treasures. Later I came to know the cold, turbulent waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific. I have paddled most of the major rivers in Georgia. Ocean, lake, or river, gentle or tumultuous, warm or cold, deep or shallow, in sunshine or moonshine, black with tannins or red with clay or the overwhelming blue of deep water, water is a big part of my spiritual life. Being on or near the water, the light sparkling across the surface, is where I find peace, where I am at one with God.

What does "Living Water" mean to you?


Creator God, You created us mostly of water. You have surrounded us with an infinite variety of water that sustains our planet. Your greatest gift to us is Jesus, the Living Water, your son, our Christ. Thank you. Amen.

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